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Weather Natural Disasters

  • Officials noticed cracks on Oroville Dam spillway

    Earlier inspection reports offer some clues into the cause of the Oroville Dam spillway crisis.

  • HOUSTON, Feb 14 (Reuters)- Storms packing heavy rains, lashing winds and tornadoes hit the Houston metropolitan area on Tuesday, ripping roofs off homes, blowing windows out of frames and leaving tens of thousands of people without power. Two tornadoes were reported to have touched down in Fort Bend County, about 30 miles (50 kms) southwest of Houston, causing damage...

  • AUSTIN, Texas, Feb 14- The National Weather Service on Tuesday issued a tornado watch and warning for Houston, the fourth most-populous U.S. city, and large parts of the metro region as a storm packing heavy rain and slashing wind hits the area. A relatively weak tornado touched down about 30 miles southwest of Houston in Fort Bend County, but no injuries or major...

  • California Department of Water Resources personnel monitor water flowing through a damaged spillway on the Oroville Dam in Oroville, California, U.S., on February 10, 2017.

    Officials in California were struggling to shore up the Oroville Dam's emergency spillway before more rains pummel the area.

  • French Alps

    French rescue workers say four people have been killed in an avalanche in the French Alps and five survivors are being pulled out of the snow.

  • Damaged California spillway forces evacuations

    California authorities warn the emergency spillway was in danger of failing.

  • Vehicles pass cracks on a road that appeared along the National Highway at Rizal town after an earthquake hit Surigao city, southern Philippines February 11, 2017.

    Officials combed through cracked buildings and nearby towns Saturday to check on the damage and other possible casualties, The AP reports.

  • A worker inspects a sinkhole that appeared after heavy rain outside a property located near Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's residence in Sydney, Australia, February 8, 2017.

    A sinkhole opened up less than a mile from Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's home in the wealthy Sydney suburb of Point Piper.

  • A man walks through the debris of once was a motel on Chef Menture Ave after a tornado touched down on February 7, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

    Louisiana declared a state of emergency after at least seven tornadoes tore through New Orleans and vicinity — leaving a swath of destruction in their wake.

  • HARARE, Feb 7- Like some of its neighbours, Zimbabwe is fighting an outbreak of fall armyworms that threatens to cause extensive damage to the maize crop that was decimated by drought last year, an agriculture ministry official said on Tuesday. Zimbabwe will next week host an emergency meeting called by the Food and Agricultural Organization to shape a...

  • Feb 6- An earthquake of magnitude 5.6 hit the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand on Monday, according to the United States Geological Survey.

  • Feb 6- An earthquake of magnitude 5.6 hit the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand on Monday, according to the United States Geological Survey.

  • LONDON, Jan 31- A major $200 billion loss from a combination of a cyber attack, U.S. hurricane and the failure of a reinsurer could strip insurers of up to 120 percent of their net capital base, tests of insurers in London showed. Nine insurers and reinsurers staged two weeks of catastrophe simulations in London last November, dealing with a cyber attack on power...

  • LONDON, Jan 31- A major $200 billion loss from a combination of a cyber attack, U.S. hurricane and the failure of a reinsurer could strip insurers of up to 120 percent of their net capital base, tests of insurers in London showed. Nine insurers and reinsurers staged two weeks of catastrophe simulations in London last November, dealing with a cyber attack on power...

  • LONDON, Jan 31- A major $200 billion loss from a combination of a cyber attack, U.S. hurricane and the failure of a reinsurer could strip insurers of up to 120 percent of their net capital base, tests of insurers in London showed. Nine insurers and reinsurers staged two weeks of catastrophe simulations in London last November, dealing with a cyber attack on power...

  • LONDON, Jan 31- A major $200 billion loss from a combination of a cyber attack, U.S. hurricane and the failure of a reinsurer could strip insurers of up to 120 percent of their net capital base, tests of insurers in London showed. Nine insurers and reinsurers staged two weeks of catastrophe simulations in London last November, dealing with a cyber attack on power...

  • LONDON, Jan 31- A major $200 billion loss from a combination of a cyber attack, U.S. hurricane and the failure of a reinsurer could strip insurers of up to 120 percent of their net capital base, tests of insurers in London showed. Nine insurers and reinsurers staged two weeks of catastrophe simulations in London last November, dealing with a cyber attack on power...

  • LONDON, Jan 31- A major $200 billion loss from a combination of a cyber attack, U.S. hurricane and the failure of a reinsurer could strip insurers of up to 120 percent of their net capital base, tests of insurers in London showed. Nine insurers and reinsurers staged two weeks of catastrophe simulations in London last November, dealing with a cyber attack on power...

  • SYDNEY, Jan 27- U.S. soybeans slipped on Friday, putting the oilseed on track to record a weekly loss of nearly 2 percent as concerns eased about potential crop damage in Argentina. *Soybeans were under pressure as fears eased of widespread crop damage in Argentina from flooding. *The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported weekly U.S. export sales of old-crop wheat...

  • Jan 24- A powerful storm that killed at least 21 people in the southern United States over the weekend brought snow, heavy rain and gusty winds to the Northeast on Tuesday as searchers combed Georgia tornado wreckage for a missing toddler. The storm, known as a nor'easter, dumped from 6 to 8 inches of snow on New York's Catskills as well as mountains in Pennsylvania...